Recent findings from the annual British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows a record number of over 51,000 UK underwent cosmetic surgery in 2015 – a 13% rise in comparison to 2014. Proof that the public’s love affair with surgical enhancement is far from over.

The UK Sees A Rise In ‘Male Makeovers’ & Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

We have found a growing trend in celebrity inspired surgery and we believe this to be down to high-profile celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Kourtney Kardashian openly admitting to having plastic surgery, with patients finding confidence with these revelations.

Over the past few years we have noticed a significant change in the way people view cosmetic surgery, these new attitudes could be one of the drivers for increased acceptance and the de-stigmatising of aesthetic enhancement – with 7 out of 10 of the most popular procedures seeing a double-digit increase.

The top 10 surgery procedures of 2015 were:

  1. Breast augmentation up 12% to 9,652

  1. Eyelid surgery up 12% to 8,689

  1. Face and neck lifts up 16% to 7,419

  1. Breast reductions up 13% to 6,246

  1. Liposuction up 20% to 5,551

  1. Nose job up 14% to 4,205

  1. Fat transfer operations up 3% to 3,261

  1. Tummy tucks up 8% to 2,933

  1. Brow lifts up 7% to 2,110

  1. Ear corrections up 14% to 1,074

The BAAPS report shows that women’s cosmetic surgery rose by 12.5% from 2014 and is predicted to grow even further throughout 2016. Breast augmentation continues to remain the most popular procedure for women (up 12% from 2014), the oversized ‘glamour model’ or obviously artificial look once associated with breast implants has nearly all but vanished and patients are now opting for smaller sizes for a more natural, proportionate enhancement.

The UK Sees A Rise In ‘Male Makeovers’ & Cosmetic Surgery Procedures


It is believed that some of the most dramatic rise – face/neck lifts (which were up 16%) and liposuction (up 20%) – may be linked to the fact that despite the vast array of non-surgical treatment for these areas, the public are realising they have limited effect when compared to traditional surgery.

It wasn’t just women who were opting to go see a cosmetic surgeon, the report found that men underwent substantially more facial procedure with face/neck lifts, brow lifts, eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty (nose job) all gaining more popularity on previous years. We have found that more men are coming to clinic looking to enhance their appearance with experts suggesting that this increase is due to the decline of last year’s bushy-bearded ‘hyper-masculine’ look. The ‘male makeover’ duo both saw an increase in popularity with male liposuction up 20% and ‘man boob’ reduction up 13%.

The UK Sees A Rise In ‘Male Makeovers’ & Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Men still account for just 9% of all cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK, their numbers have nearly doubled over the past decade (from 2,440 procedures in 2005 to 4,614 in 2015.)